In an un-related matter ground was prepped last week for a new youth center directly across the street from the Woodlawn Row Houses. You can see the site work in the second picture. This site has been "shovel ready" for a number of years. I'll update when I have additional information. Any thoughts on which project will be completed first?
Frequently Asked Questions - Added 8/1/06
Here's a street map to help orient you to the Woodlawn Row Houses.
Please join us in our attempt to hold the city of Buffalo accountable for rapidly deteriorating condition of this "local-landmark."
Our objective is very simple. We would like to do the following:
- Secure the building from additional decay.
- We would like to find an appropriate owner or;
- Establish a non-profit organization and raise private funds to properly secure and preserve this "local-landmark."
If you should have any questions or would like additional information about this little corner of the Masten District please let me know. The best way to do that is thru e-mail.
I've had numerous conversations with people this week who didn't know where "The Woodlawn Row Houses" were located. Here’s the map. You can see the bigger picture , too. The weekend looks good; I'll be taking pictures tomorrow afternoon to add to my growing documentation of the deterioration and imminent demolition of this "local-landmark." I encourage you to venture out and walk across
Woodlawn Row Houses – Endangered!!!
Chuck LaChiusa has given the campaign to save and preserve the Woodlawn Row Houses a big boost. He has linked this blog and campaign to the Erie County Preservation Coalition’s website.
Dennis Galucki, founder and coordinator of the
Thanks to Scott Field, Executive Director of the Erie County Preservation Coalition, for the spot on last week’s agenda. The board heard a brief history of the Woodlawn Avenue Row Houses. I presented a strong case for collaboration and community involvement in calling additional attention to the imminent “demolition by neglect” of this local landmark. I focused my remarks on the ownership history and the growing neighborhood concern regarding issues of safety and crime. The building is wide open in the back and is located diagonally across from
Various Board Members expressed a willingness and strong desire to help stimulate stronger awareness regarding the condition of this building. The suggestion was made to assemble a non-profit organization which would be responsible for the preservation and future end use of this local-landmark.
Towards this end a number of board members have agreed to assist in this endeavor. In addition it was decided that a strong “letter of concern” be sent to the Mayor and Chief Building Inspector Lou Petrucci. A request will be made for an interior inspection of the building at this time.
Wednesday, October 20th - 6pm
"Save the Woodlawn Row Houses"
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Breaking News...Stop the Pending Demolition!!!
Despite the claim, that the city’s historical and architectural heritage has cultural significance and economic importance, it would appear as though city officials are turning a blind-eye to one of the last remaining examples of row-house dwellings in the city.
This boarded, derelict and vacant two story wood-framed row house complex is located directly across from
The city of
I have heard people talk about the process of demolition by neglect here in
Concerned about preservation, or school kids safety? If this building was next to your child’s school would you be concerned? You might even take action. Please join me in asking Housing Court Judge Nowak to order the City of Buffalo to bring this building into compliance and facilitate the transfer of ownership to a responsible party before it’s too late.
Demolition by neglect! Only in
Things to do:
- Please call Tom Marchese, members of the Preservation Board and Louis Petrucci, Chief Building Inspector. Express your concern, outrage and disgust about the pending “demolition by neglect” of
147-153 Woodlawn Avenue.
- If you are an attorney and would like to assist me in preparing a case against the city, to bring the city to
Housing Court, please contact me.
- If you would like to participate in a press-conference on the steps of 147-153 Woodlawn in the near future, please contact me.
- The pictures available here represent my attempt to document what is happening at 147-153 Woodlawn. I will continue to document and provide pictures on regular basis until this property is in compliance with local building, health and preservation codes.
- If you would like a tour of the site or are interested in the other architecturally significant homes in the surrounding neighborhood, let me know.
Despite the designation of “local-landmark” status in 1981, city building inspectors have a track record of ignoring this designation and approving exterior improvements to 147-153 Woodlawn Avenue.
“Any changes to the exterior of a City of Buffalo-designated landmark or to a building in a Buffalo-designated historical preservation district must be approved by The
The official rule!
These are pictures of copies of building permits the City of